Wednesday, May 11, 2011

House Bill 4244 mandates ideal family size is two

Section 20 of the consolidated version of House Bill 4244 says, and I quote:

The State shall assist couples, parents and individuals to achieve their desired family size within the context of responsible parenthood for sustainable development and encourage them to have two children as the ideal family size. Attaining the ideal family size is neither mandatory nor compulsory. No punitive action shall be imposed on parents having more than two children. 

So, the State wants Filipinos to limit their family to at least two (2) children. Is this what we want?

China, which adopts the 1-child policy, is now on the brink of a monumental demographic crisis.

Since 1978, China has been implementing a one child policy law that officially restricts the number of children married urban couples are allowed to have. The law was created by the Chinese government to alleviate social, economic, and environmental problems in China, and authorities claim that the policy has prevented 400 million births from 1979 to 2011. The prevention of births, so policy makers have claimed, have resulted in less pressure on worldwide food supplies and in less pollution in major Chinese cities.
Despite the prevention of hundreds of millions of births and the so called success that this law entails, the policy has created various problems for China and perhaps caused irreversible damage: The UN Population Division has projected that by 2050 the elderly population in China (above the age of 60) will be 31% of the total population. By contrast, the proportion of children and young adults (below the age of 20) will only be 21% of the population.


DO WE WANT THIS TO HAPPEN TO US? THE PHILIPPINES IS STILL OKEY RIGHT NOW. WHY FIX SOMETHING WHICH IS NOT BROKEN?